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Thu September 10, 2009
WVAS Local

Could There Be a Healthy use for Kudzu?

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Researchers at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham believe kudzu could be a valuable dietary supplement
for the approximately 50 million Americans suffering a condition
called metabolic syndrome.
Sufferers have conditions that contribute to heart disease and
diabetes - including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, big
waists and high cholesterol.
The findings published in the latest Journal of Agriculture and
Food Chemistry show that isoflavones in kudzu root improved
regulation of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
The study added kudzu root extract to the diets of lab rats.
Kudzu, a fast-growing vine that spreads quickly in the warm
southern climate, is believed to have gobbled up 10 million acres
of land across states like Alabama and Georgia.